Skeleton Crew
Foley Brothers Brewing

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #714
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,497
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 6.67%
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
190
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Foley Brothers Brewing
 
Vermont, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
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SCORE
93
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.46/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can into a willi belcher glass.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a monstrous, fluffy off-white head. The retention is absurd. Gotta get a mouthfeel of head to get to the beer. It literally just sits there like a snorlax. Leaves some splotches of lacing as it refuses to settle. It's a 3 fingered brick of foam. Tons of bubbles and sediment, which is the norm for Foley Brothers. Solid looking NEIPA.

The aroma is exceptionally floral and dank. Some citrusy notes of grapefruit and orange rind. Lots of pine.

The flavor is definitely citrus forward; grapefruit, orange and lime zest lead the way. Has a solid cracker malt backbone with a ln earthy, piney finish. A little bitter for the style.

The feel is medium bodied with a ton of carbonation. Extremely oily and slick. Bitterness coats the mouth and lingers for days. Hides the alcohol pretty well.

Overall, this is a pretty solid NEIPA overall. It's a bit too bitter for the style, and the mouthfeel is far too oily and crisp. Drinks more like a big west coast IPA. Still, it's not a bad beer. Try it.

Oct 05, 2020
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can

Pours lighter yellow in color, very hazy. Thick white head, good head retention. Very Nice hoppy aroma and flavor, not much bitterness. Smooth feel.

Sep 13, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pale straw brew poured out of a can into a clear glass liter mug. A beer doesn't have to be colorful to taste good. Rich with tiny bubble carbonation, a slightly off-white, thick, foamy and long-lasting head that ranks with the best, forms. There's an abundance of a piney bitter hop presence beneath the topping. Good glass lacing, as well. It's a little less than complex on the tongue. There's nothing peculiar nor wrong with the taste, it's just not very complex. A pleasant way to ingest this much alcohol and get a solid hop hit, but I paid a dollar more for a four-pack than for Heady Topper. I can't be blamed for hoping for more.

Jul 22, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear with lots of floaters; medium gold in color; 1 finger finely pored ivory head that receded to a thin cap; nice rings of lace;

S: floral with a bit of orange;

T: the hop character follows the nose and is balanced by a solid malt backbone; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: OK, but not as good as I expect from Foley Bro.; I could have done without the floaters;

Apr 24, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 16-oz can in early April 2020. This beer wasn't my favorite, but mainly because it was extremely hoppy and left a bitter taste in my mouth for long after I finished. For those who like Hopsplosions, this might be your favorite beer ever. Just wasn't my favorite style. Some people called this beer hazy, but it looked mostly clear to me with a nice orange color. The taste did have some fruity notes, and the mouthfeel was nice and smooth, but overall the hoppiness felt overwhelming to my particular palate. I also found that even a moderate pour ended up with some of the dregs falling into the glass, despite there being quite a lot of beer left in the can (and the can had been settled for days in the fridge prior to drinking). Although the dregs settled eventually, they did detract from the look of the beer and how appetizing the beer seemed.

Apr 07, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip. No freshness date. Cool can artwork.

L: Hazed golden pour with thick foamy white head. Lasts forever with great lacing.

S: Tropical and fruity... juice and citrus.

T.F: Light malt/grain backbone. Moderately bitter (especially for a NEIPA). Grapefruit and citrus... strong rind with lighter tropicals like pineapple and papaya coming through. A little resin and pine also make an appearance. Medium bodied... sticky and oily. More bitter citrus rind at the finish.

O: A very solid DIPA. Strong flavors and a hint of the west coast sneaks in there with some nice bitterness. Overall well done.

Jan 15, 2020
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like the brewery and happened to be in Vermont and picked this up. Glad I did. Shows how many really fine breweries there out there that don’t have a large service area. Hey, do beer trails if you have a love for craft beer. It’s fun.

Aug 06, 2019
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can opened and reviewed on 8/1/19

Hazy Wild honey color, white foam top settles in fast, thin coverage.

High toned big alpha acid style hop bite in the nose. West coast style hop aroma: boozy tangerine, sweet citrus, fresh pine cones, red tropical fruits...pretty dense. Malt sure looks New England style...smells of light golden grains and honey bread...British malts down deep, woody and amber. Smells like "both coast" style. Hybrid aroma.

The hop dominated flavor certainly brings me back about 20 years with high alpha bitter hops, pine, pine pine. Tropical fruit punch...not "juicy" but more of a dense, bitter and sweet fruity complexity. Boozy tasting citrus, pineapple, orange peel and lightly malted golden grains with a dash of wild honey pie. The malt is pretty hefty which pushes it out of the NEDIPA realm in back into the classic DIPA. Tangy citrus is pretty hefty in the taste.

Mouthfeel is a light crispy bite at first, then it's medium maltiness and rolling, slick hop effect. A sipper not a gulper.

Overall, the quality is there, well crafted old school DIPA, But I'm more into the New England styles.

Aug 01, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color with a one inch white head that was well retained and left spotty lacing, fine effervescent bubbles. Smells of citrus and tropical fruits along with pine. Tastes of underripe pineapple, grapefruit, grapefruit pith, pine and a hint of malt. Medium bodied and carbonated, medium bitterness, very dry finish.

Jun 12, 2019
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz undated can.

Pours hazy gold with an inch of white fluff. Decent retention and lacing. Nice mix of fruity citrus and pine in the nose. Medium bodied with a crisp, almost creamy mouthfeel. Resinous pine with orange oil and grapefruit on the palate. Finishes dry with lingering citrus and a firm, drying bitterness.

Very nice east meets west.

Apr 10, 2019
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brewme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Kappy's in Norwell for about twenty one dollars. I have had one brew from these guys before. Pretty solid, if not spectacular brew.

Mar 09, 2019
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Impressive four-finger head from a relatively slow pour (from the 22 ounce bottle). A dome forms as it settles. Initially, the lace is webby. Later, it becomes more sporadically spotty. The liquid is hazy with many minute suspended particles. The color is gold.

Semisweet smell with beautiful floral hop notes. Strong presence of alcohol. Rich and appealing.

Strong pineapple presence. First, I get a pale malt sweetness. The hop isn't initially bitter, although the aftertaste is bitter and lingers for a long time. The body is thinner than I expected. The carbonation is as expected. Overall, the flavor isn't as exciting as the aroma indicates.

Oct 13, 2018
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz beer poured into a snifter no canned on date.

A: Soapy white head that clings to the glas as it recedes. Body is a burnished gold light amber with decent clarity a slight haze.

S: Tons of cantaloupe slight peach a little mango. Lots of juicy big melon flavors.

T: tons of soft melon cantaloupe, honeydew, and some mango and grass.

M: Medium bodied, solid carbonation, very clean finish. Nice bitterness but not crazy.

O: This beer is excellent. The Juicy fruity flavors just pop in this beer. This beer is something I’d drink any chance I could get.

Oct 12, 2018
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from my dad purchased in Mass.
Slightly hazy light golden color with a huge frothy off white head that slowly recedes. Grassy earthy pine with bits of mango and citrus on the nose and a faint sweet bread underneath. Bits of alcohol at the edges. Pretty tasty DIPA

Sep 23, 2018
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cavedave from New York

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold with a couple fingers of persistent rocky white foam atop. Crazy lacicles paint the inner glass as head kicks back.

Med. strength aroma that is all about sweet and also bitter general citrus notes, with a minty undernote that pleases.

Has more tropical fruit influenced taste, but the main players are citrus. Along the way melon, mango mix with go sweet orange and bitter grapefruit. Sip ends with bright pith and more herbal bitter.

Maybe a touch too much carb. and could benefit from a softer feel on palate, but it is quite viscous, and has a killer, clean finish. Refreshing for a 9% beer.

Tasty brew, not quite to the level of Fair Maiden, but I enjoyed more than Prospect. High recommendation.

Jun 11, 2018
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Greywulfken from New York

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy pale gold body under a few fingers of white foam... Lots of clean pine on the nose with undercurrents of pale fruits... The palate reveals citrusy and tropical impressions, but without much significant sweetness; runs more toward bitter, with the pine airing it out and drying the palate... Light fruit and mild dankness toward the finish leave a faint shellac behind... Fairly light-bodied and smooth... Very interesting beer... double dry hopped... no canning date...

Jun 09, 2018
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice cloudy golden straw look. Smell is sweet tropical fruit (pineapple/orange/papaya). Taste goes with nose but has little pepper at end. Medium mouth feel.Very nice sweet juice taste and don't really notice alcohol. Would buy this whenever I can find it.

Jun 05, 2018
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated can into pint glass. Pours a cloudy straw color with a nice off-white head. Initial impression is grapefruit, pine resin, pineapple, and biscuit-y malts. Mouthfeel is nice and sticky; carbonation is perfect. Alcohol is evident but not obtrusive. Finish tends more toward the pine resin end of the spectrum. This is my second beer from Foley Bros and both of them were excellent!

May 25, 2018
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big fan of Foley; love how they've carved out their own distinct IPA/DIPA style. To me I can tell their beers apart from their VT brethren. There's something about the citrus, dank, oily, piney aspect of their beers that stand out. Another great beer especially at this high of an ABV but falls short of Fair Maiden and Pieces of 8.

Yellow gold with some haze; nothing turbid or too-juicy-ridiculous. Thick creamy head that lingers for a while.

Aroma is bright citrus, pine, pakalolo and hop resin. Residual alcohol aromas are there but they don't detract. Nice mix.

Taste is papaya, pine, grapefruit and some guava; not overly pungent. Hop-citrus is big. Nice low-grade heat from the alcohol follows the malt's attempt to make itself known (fat chance).

Hop oils abound, Stick and sharp but still dry.

May 21, 2018
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gbiello from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly orange yellow pour. Partly hazy; not the solid haze you'd expect from a genuine NEIPA. Not much on the nose. Acrid citrus notes. Taste follows nose (when doesn't it). Decent beer, I just like them a little more juicy.

May 17, 2018
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can. Pours a hazy yellow gold with an inch of frothy head. Some lacing. Juicy fruit aroma mixed with dank and piney hops. Pineapple, lime and grapefruit, namely. The taste is more tropical fruits than I got in the nose. Mango, guava, tangerine and pineapple. Piney and dank hops towards the end along with bread dough. Dank, resinous finish. Creamy with a dry mouthfeel. Moderate alcohol warmth. Definitely worth buying again.

May 08, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first beer from these guys, this beer pours a hazy golden sunshine color with a heaping helping of floating particulate and a billowy white head. I love little floaties, so this beer is already in my sweet spot.

The nose has dank citrus notes, with juicy oranges most prominent, but also spicy passion fruit notes as well.

The taste is focused on the dank, juicy oranges, but the spicy note is really cool, and the finish is surprisingly dry and very full (if that makes sense).

This lines up well with the Alchemist and Lawson’s beers I’ve been fortunate enough to try. It must be something in the Vermont water.

Apr 30, 2018
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazed pale golden-orange with three fingers of long-lasting, off-white head. Thick, soapy lacing.

Doughy malt, distant pineapple, papaya, coconut and other tropical notes in the nose.

Instead of tropical fruit sweetness in the taste, there's more of a light, peppery spiciness, some toasted malt and some green-onion hop bitterness. Lighter, maltier and more tea-like flavors than expected.

Relatively light bodied with some slight prickliness in the feel.

It's okay, but after the awesomeness of Prospect, this left me wanting more.

Oct 29, 2017
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No date to be found, this is a few weeks old though.

A: Pours a hazy gold. Tall frothy light tan head. Very good retention and lacing both.

S: Sweet and juicy citrus and melon. Some resinous pine in there as well.

T: Big and bold hop flavors. Great bursts of sharp citrus ring mixed with a spicy pine resin. Quite a bit of dankness, especially in the middle. Bready malt and then more of that spicy pine and herbal dankness in the finish. Practically chewy with hops in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, sharp and spicy.

O: Interesting DIPA with the big pine and citrus contrast. It's got some bold and sharp flavors, not the juice bomb I was expecting from Vermont. Quite a bit on the dank side as well, haven't had a beer like that in a while. Good stuff!

Oct 25, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a burnt orange color with floaties roaming all around. Slim finger-ed white foamy head quickly dissipates. Filmy white rimmed lacing roams all around. The smell started off with the sweet danky onion and then the sweet grassy tones riding into a delicate bitter pine underneath. The taste was moderately danky sweet with the bitter pine still underneath. Sweet onion dankiness to piney bitterness in the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body sitting between the sipping to sessionable quality nicely. Carbonation hits spot on. Piney hops hit in the bitter portion to play with a nice harsh feel as a DIPA. Overall, wow, Foley Brothers, I always knew they did the IPA/DIPA thing well.

Jun 15, 2017
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